Diabetes – From the 2011 National Diabetes Fact Sheet

25.8 million children and adults in the United States—8.3% of the population—have diabetes. In addition, 79 million people were considered pre-diabetic.

In 2007, diabetes was the underlying cause of 71,382 death and was a contributing factor to an additional 160,022 deaths.

Complications include heart disease and stroke, high blood pressure, vision loss (diabetic retinopathy), kidney disease (diabetic nephropathy), nerve disease (diabetic neuropathy) and loss of limbs via amputation.

The cost of diabetes was $174 billion total costs of diagnosed diabetes in the United States in 2007, with $116 billion for direct medical costs and $58 billion for indirect costs (disability, work loss, premature death.)

After adjusting for population age and sex differences, average medical expenditures among people with diagnosed diabetes were 2.3 times higher than what expenditures would be in the absence of diabetes.

Factoring in the additional costs of undiagnosed diabetes, prediabetes, and gestational diabetes brings the total cost of diabetes in the United States in 2007 to $218 billion.

  • $18 billion for people with undiagnosed diabetes
  • $25 billion for American adults with pre-diabetes
  • $623 million for gestational diabetes

Find more facts and statistics at theCenters for Disease Control and Prevention.

Asthma – From the National Asthma Control Initiative

In 2011, it is estimated that 25.9 million Americans currently have asthma, including 7.1 million children under 18.  Asthma accounts for more than 10 million lost work days and almost 13 million missed school days each year.  Asthma is associated with over a quarter of all emergency room visits.  In 2009, there were 3,388 deaths attributed to asthma.  Approximately 63% of these deaths occurred in women.

The proportion of people with asthma in the United States grew by nearly 15% in the last decade.

The annual direct health care cost of asthma is approximately $50.1 billion; indirect costs (e.g. lost productivity) add another $5.9 billion for a total of $56.0 billion.

Find more facts and statistics at the National Asthma Control Initiative.

Breast Cancer – From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

  • Aside from non-melanoma skin cancer, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women.
  • Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death among women.
  • In 2009 (most recent year numbers are available) 211,731 women in the United States were diagnosed with breast cancer; 40,676 women died from the disease.
  • Although breast cancer in men is rare, an estimated 2,150 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and approximately 410 will die each year.

Find more facts and statistics at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.